Lupita Nyong'o Shares Her Beauty Must-Haves With Harper's Bazaar

The actress offers up her favorite products for skin, hair and nails.

Posted: 08/22/2014 10:31 AM EDT
Lupita Nyong'o

Flawless beauty Lupita Nyong'o is throwing the rest of us a bone by sharing her favorite products for looking picture perfect with Harper's Bazaar. Not only does she dish on how she maintains her natural hair and keeps her skin soft with natural oils, but she also explained how she prefers a subtler beauty look when she's off the red carpet and why she opts to give her nails a break from nail polish from time to time.

"I think African hair is like clay. You can mold it into whatever you want, but it's also very easy for it to change shape during the day, so having an Afro pick [like Jäneke's] ($28) on me at all times is paramount," she said. "I also use Miss Jessie's Baby ButterCreme ($58), which loosens up my hair so I can pick it with the Afro comb. It's best to use it when my hair is wet because the water softens my curl, so I use it after I shower and also before bed, which is a good time because at night your body is regenerating."

Nyong'o also shared a recent lifesaver for her skin in the cold weather months — one she's started using for more than just keeping her body supple.

"Avocado oil is a big thing for me. I discovered it last year, and at first I was using it just on my body, but then I realized it works on my face, and my hair too, for that matter! It's a one-stop shop. Especially in the wintertime, when my skin is drier, it really seeps in and leaves it nice and lush," Nyong'o explained. "You can get it in the health food store, next to the olive oil and vegetable oil. Lancôme's Advanced Génifique serum ($134) is also great, especially on long flights."

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